Offense carries Norse to sweep

Justin St. Ours | Daily Press Bay College’s Lexi Winling winds up for a pitch against Gogebic Community College as Claire McInerney (back right) looks on Saturday at Wells.

WELLS — The Bay College Norse continued their mastery over the Gogebic Community College Samsons here Saturday, sweeping to 16-0 and 12-4 softball victories on the sunny and mild afternoon.

Bay (18-6) scored in all five innings in the opener and first three frames of the nightcap, completing its four-game season sweep of Gogebic (2-23).

The Norse also took both ends of Friday’s twinbill from the Samsons in a match-up of first-year programs.

“The girls Kept their energy level up and played hard,” said Bay coach Heidi Charon.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with how they’re playing. I’m very proud of how hard the girls have worked and how they’re continuing to work.”

In the nightcap, Bay scored three times in the first inning and added four runs in the second.

Jerrika McAlpine scored Bay’s first run on Aubree Saunder’s single to leftfield and Claire McInerney made it 2-0 on Beth Gannigan’s single to center.

Saunders then scored Bay’s third run on Olivia Capodilupo’s sacrifice fly to center.

The Norse collected six hits, including Gannigan’s two-run triple into the rightfield corner, in the second frame.

Gogebic scored twice on a throwing error in the third. Bay, however, answered with five runs for a 12-2 cushion in its half of the inning.

The Samsons concluded the scoring on Sarah Trudgeon’s two-run single to left in the fifth.

“We stressed to the girls every game is a chance to get better,” said Gogebic coach Noel Aho. “They just kept their heads up and cheered each other on and continued to play hard. I think this was our best game of the four. The other teams have been very encouraging. They’ve been telling us to hang in there. We have a good group of girls to start the program. We just need to clean up the mental errors.”

Gannigan finished with two hits and drove in five runs. Emily Bruntjens had two hits and scored twice.

Lexi Winling took the win, striking out eight, walking two and allowing four hits.

Trudgeon worked 3 2/3 innings and absorbed the loss. She fanned one, walked three and surrendered seven runs on 10 hits. Sofia Kyllonen relieved briefly in the third, striking out one, walking three and giving up five unearned runs.

Gogebic committed six errors and Bay had one.

Rhiley Hubert fired a one-hitter, fanned six and walked none in the first game.

Bruntjens collected four hits. Richelle Vandeville added three hits and four RBIs. Kaitlyn Hardwick ripped two doubles and drove in six runs and Saunders had two hits and scored a run.

Trudgeon, who doubled in the first, also took the loss in the opener. She struck out one and walked four.

Bay ended with 15 hits and took advantage of six miscues.

The Norse host Finlandia in a twinbill today at 3. They swept a doubleheader from Lions last week.

“We’re looking forward to playing them again,” said Charon. “That will be a good test for us at this point in the season.”

The Samsons face Silver Lake College today in Ashland, Wis.